I haven't yet had an anxiety dream over it, but when I left the shelter of Wadmalaw Island today to visit civilization, and read the Post & Courier article speculating about Haley's appointment to DeMint's Senate seat, I felt my little heart start to pound.
Because if Haley does appoint Tim Scott to the Senate seat (and Tim Scott's people are all over that), that would leave his House seat open. AND there would be no appointment for that seat; we would be back to the voting booths, people.
Now I could name a grunch (i.e., greater than a bunch) of y'all who I would love to see have another go at that House seat. We dems have no shortage of really good, really smart, really qualified people to run that race.
What worries me is that, in order to have a shot at winning, we would need three things:
1. Money -- Those super-sized billboards you may have noticed cost bucks. And for those many voters who get their news from FOX, it is going to take TV and radio ads galore to "inform" those folk. Not to mention mailings to compete with the last minute quality stuff people like Peter McCoy might be sending out.
2. Money -- If you've just recently run a campaign in this state, you just might not be able to quit your day job, or put your life on hold to do it again. Those volunteers who worked their tails off in lieu of a paid campaign committee might really want to do it again, but I guarantee they will lack some of the verve they had not so long ago.
3. Money -- All those awards officeholders like Tim Scott and Peter McCoy have gotten while in office don't come cheap. You need to be willing to work for your money, and they have. That means a nearly unending stream of funds from out-of-state big business lobbying groups with big pockets will be making sure that the republican candidate of their choice won't have to lose sleep over the race. These are the real "party planners."
So, given that, to all you wonderful Democrats who have probably heard nothing since Thursday but, "Well, are you going to do it?" I would like to say, "So are you?"
Because if you are, I am with you. Let's WIN THIS THING.